Crafting a compelling visual narrative

with James Wellford - Sr. Photo Editor - National Geographic

Family Photos in B&W

This intense editing workshop with Sr. Photo Editor, James Wellford is suitable for emerging and professional photographers who are working on a long-term story or planning to develop their own story.

This workshop will introduce the participants to the power of visual storytelling and the art of crafting an edit that communicates a cohesive style and message. Drawing on examples of projects he has worked on, James will share what he looks for in a pitch and the process of shaping a story for publication.


About James Wellford

James Wellford is currently a Senior Photo Editor for Global Issues at National Geographic in Washington, DC. In the course of his career he has been the Editorial Director at Visura and a contributing photo editor at Foreign Policy, CNN, and Smithsonian Journeys; for 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek. 

A seasoned visual storyteller, journalist, and producer, James is an international educator, speaker, and mentor for young emerging photographers and visual journalists. He has served as a jury member for the Magnum Emergency Fund, the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the Photo Philanthropy Awards, Visa Pour La image, the Aperture Paris Photo Book Award, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the Social Documentary Network and is the co-founder of Screen Projects, an organization working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world.

Dates -19th December Sunday / 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM IST

Online via Zoom Meeting



Interested participants should apply with a portfolio of 15 images on a single theme. The deadline for acceptance is December 5th , and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. Successful applicants will be informed via email on Dec 8th. 


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*This workshop is for photographers who have a cohesive body of work or on-going projects that they would like to develop to the next stage.